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Sticks & Stones

(Cut & Run #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  12,845 ratings  ·  1,213 reviews
Six months after nearly losing their lives to a serial killer in New York City, FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are suffering through something almost as frightening: the monotony of desk duty. When they're ordered to take a vacation for the good of everyone's sanity, Ty bites the bullet and takes Zane home with him to West Virginia, hoping the peace and quiet ...more
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Published January 25th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 2010)
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Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Ladies and gentlemen,may I have your attention please!!!

Thank you!!!

And the award for the BEST COUPLE goes to.....


Please let us all give this DYSFUNCTIONAL and CRAZY,SWEET and AMAZING,ANTAGONIZING and ANNOYING,and MAD FOR EACH OTHER couple a big hand.

Okay,now moving on....

The Plot--

The story starts with Ty and Zane (of course) trying to cope with their brutal and garish encounter with the Tri-State serial killer a few months back.Both ,deeply scarred and unable to deal ,are slowly
Doing another series re-read...need my Ty and Zane fix !! 2/2020

Holy just keeps getting better. I think I may have a Ty and Zane addiction going on. Damn those two are awesome. This book was milder on the action and more focused on the emotions of the two men. There were some steamy scenes that made my face blush and my toes curling. Wow...can't wait to read the next one. I'm hoping this one will be just as good. I love this new addiction I've got going !! 5 stars
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one but I think I enjoyed the first book more. I have already started book 3 and I have already had some real LOL moments so, for the moment I am going to rate this 4 stars.

Loved meeting Ty's family. Liked Deacon (Deuce) a lot.

“Once you admit to yourself that you are or aren't something, then you can begin searching for the reason why," Deuce went on. "And once you've found that, you can begin to take steps toward making it better. So, tell yourself you're an asshole, stop bei
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It’s just as well FBI agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are required to take a mandatory vacation after failing their psychological evaluations. Six months later, they are still haunted by the Tri-State murders. A relaxing hike, a chance for the guys to explore their simmering attraction, and spending time with Ty’s family is just what they need.

“If Zane could survive a trip to West Virginia to meet the Gradys, he could live through anythin
Ty & Zane can't seem to catch a break... The quest to get their heads straight quickly turns into the worst vacation in the history of vacations...

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"How about after this we agree not to say the word 'vacation' again, okay? Actually, no, we agree to not even think the word 'vacation' again."

Ty glanced sideways at him. "We'll use code," he agreed. "Call it time off. time off from hell."

"Hell would be more relaxing than this," Zane muttered [...] "And I could get a
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

I am so into this series it is not even funny.

What I love, other than hot hot hot M-M romantic and sexual tension, is the sloooow build. It is such a nice change of pace from the PNRs I've been reading where it is love at first sight and declarations of undying love in the first chapter. I like the complexity of their relationship and the baggage they bring. It makes the series so interesting and engaging. It reminds me in some ways of the buildup in the Kate
Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Did I ever mention that I worked at Caesar's casino when I was younger? Okay, so we had Diana Ross come to perform (all of the room service people were terrified of her) but she still had less baggage than the two guys in this book have. Holy crap are they messed up in the head!

Since they are failing their psych evaluations to go back in the field, they get ordered to take a vacation and end up going to Ty's childhood home to hang with the family. Now, I don't know about you, but as far as I've
Blacky *Romance Addict*
*This is a review of the audio book*

This was my first audio book, and it was fantastic! I simply LOVED it! Photobucket
It's really an experience, so much different than reading. The narrator has a really great voice, and the way he did Ty and Zane just made me melt Photobucket And this way I enjoyed every single part of the book, even the ordinary conversatinas were Photobucket for me XD
And listening to the sex scenes Photobucket I just felt naughty XD It's really different when you imagine that stuff in your head, and whe
4 Stars

Re-read: November, 2017

It seems I never reviewed this one the first time around. I must have been too excited about continuing the series to stop and write anything.

I feel like this is one of those series that you actually benefit from a re-read. I noticed so many more little details along the way and I was better at analysing the conversations for deeper meanings. I found myself enjoying this more because of the insight I already had; I guess this insight comes easy with the foreknowledg
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars!

I think I liked this one about as much as the first one, maybe a little bit more. I loved how this one was completely different from book 1.

Stick & Stones didn't exactly revolve around a case, but there was no shortage of action and suspense.

Still very little romance, which would have to be my only complaint. However, there is enough sexual tension and attraction there to really keep me invested. And as always, Ty and Zane's banter is lol funny.

We get introduced to Ty's family...som
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
How come this isn't available on Amazon anymore?
You gotta be kidding me, Amazon! =(((

Ahhh please someone tell me this will be available again!
I wanted to read this for ages and now that I decided to go for it I can't. T_T
Apparently they don't even have it as an e-book?
What kind of evil sorcery is this?
Not fair. *sniff*
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Ty. Enough said.*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Third re-read: 09.04.2018
GR is fucking up again; my status updates didn't show up/got deleted. This has actually happened to me once before. I hope they fix it. And soon. Now, to the book, I'm in a real struggle to find books that seems interesting these days and I'm feeling short of book to re-read. I decided to just re-read this one because it's Ty. I love Ty with all my heart. He's my favorite character and I just want to hug and protect him from the worl
⊱ Poppy ⊰
Zane & Ty are on vacation in west-by God-virginia!! and YEAH for them vacation is as close as hell !!

"How about after this we agree not to say the word 'vacation' again, okay? Actually, no, we agree to not even think the word 'vacation' again."

Ty glanced sideways at him. "We'll use code," he agreed. "Call it time off. time off from hell."

"Hell would be more relaxing than this," Zane muttered [...] "And I could get a tan."

GOD, How much i adore Ty & Zane would be anyone's guess. I'm so
*3rd read 2020*

Every time is just as good as the first time. 🥰 LOLOL, “Meow Mix”. 😂😂 God, I love them!!

*re-read 2018*

OMG, these guys slay me. That will never change and I'll never get tired of it. <3

*1st read 2012*

Frankly, after skimming a few of the reviews for this book before starting it, I was prepared to be a little disappointed. The general consensus seemed to be sort of "not nearly as exciting but we still love Ty & Zane". But that's not how I felt at all.

So, ok. The guys were not chas
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh the things I have to write about this wonderful book!!! It makes me all giddy inside thinking of them both :)

In this book you really get to know Ty and Zane even better and fall in love with them even more! The emotions within the book vary from hurt, anger and stubbornness to concern, gentleness and LOVE!

Ty and Zane both have their issues, which are better explained as the story unfolds. They admit that they can read each others minds as partners, yet as lovers/friends they barely know eac
I'm on a Ty & Zane marathon train. Can't be stopped. I may need help....

Ty and Zane going on "vacation" to West Virginia.

I loved seeing Ty coming to terms with his feelings for Zane.


“I like being able to wake up to you. I like knowing you’ll be there if I need you,
I like being with you, Zane. And I’d like to keep that up now that you’re here.
I want you.”

~ Becs ~
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ~ Becs ~ by: Monique

These boys are my most favourite ever m-m couple.


I couldn’t resist. After completely falling in love with Ty and Zane in Cut & Run, I had to go straight onto Sticks and Stones. I am so enamoured with these two – their characters are so vividly drawn, I feel like I’ve known them for years and am rooting for them to finally accept and admit their feelings for one another.

We find the boys on ‘enforced vacation’ as Zane is flunking his psych evals as they’re both still traumatised by the events
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I LOVED THIS BOOK EVEN MORE THAN THE FIRST!!!!! (if that is even possible).

Sticks and Stones basically begins about 5 months after the conclusion of their first case together. Ty and Zane had been apart during this time on separate assignments.. and recovering from their ordeal with the Tri-State murders. Both guys have been suffering mentally, not only from a bit of PTSD, but also from their separation. It is apparent to both men th
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Awesome Ty & Zane Stars!!!

Ty and Zane are back! They are on a mandated ‘vacation’... to Ty’s family’s house in West Virginia.

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“And FYI, Deliverance took place in Georgia. In West Virginia we kiss our cousins.” -Ty

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“Hell would be more relaxing that this. And I could get a tan.” -Zane

I LOVE TY AND ZANE! Okay, now that that’s out of the way... lets get to the story! (A short summary)

Ty and Zane are at Ty’s home. Everything is good so far. His family thinks Zan
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

3.5 stars.

I rounded up to four stars because Ty and Zane are just great! Again, loved all those witty dialogs and I really liked Ty’s brother Deacon (Deuce)! However, I had a huge problem with Ty’s father, Earl. He is such a stupid jerk! And I had issues with the plot. When I was 46 % done with Sticks & Stones I got rather annoyed. In fact, Ty’s father was causing a substantial clusterfuck. He insulted his son in a way that I f
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Re-read 20th April 2018

While I originally read this back in 2011 I’ve never actually reviewed it until now.

The first chapter is one I always remember and chapter 3 is where I fully rediscover exactly why I love these books so much. Ty takes Zane to West Virginia to meet his family and the conversation and easy humour pulled me straight back in.
I love Chester and his shovel, Ty’s brother Deuce and the whole Grady clan, although reluctantly at times where Earl is concerned.

As always with thes
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Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
My, my, my.

I think I might have liked this one a teeny, tiny bit more than the first book. I guess it is true what everyone says, it does gets better and better.

I love Zane and Ty.

I want more Ty and Zane.

There will never be enough of these two.

You can quite literally write a whole book of them just sitting around doing nothing and I would still read it. I have caught onto the Zane and Ty fever y'all. And I ain't regretting nothing. The only thing I regret is that I didn't caught onto this tr
4,5 WANTING MORE stars!

I don't need to say a lot. It is the second sequel of the Cut & Run series and if you have already read the first book there is no way you can go past this one.

I have already my favorite M/M-Genre-guys. But Zane and Ty are almost as good as my Vadim and Dan.
It is impossible NOT to fall in love with them!

They are a perfect team, the perfect partners for each other, they are without any hesitation one of the best if not the best mm-couple, and the second book in th
Ms. Smartarse
Ty and Zane have been relegated to desk duty for the past six months, and they're seriously chafing at their restraints. Unsurprisingly, this shows in their psych evals, especially Zane's. So their boss very kindly forces them to go on vacation to Ty's home town. An excellent opportunity for Zane to see that Ty's craziness runs in the family. For maximum impression, a bit of dangerous hiking is added, with a generous serving of therapeutic chatting courtesy of Ty's psychiatrist brother. Just a b ...more
It looks like Ty and Zane are one of those couples that attract danger anywhere they go, and they manage to save the day! My favorite kind of couple. When the book started with vacation I wondered to myself:"What could possibly happen in the woods?" Well, boys did sure have themselves a VACATION!!!

But first, I want to say how much I loved the Grady family, well, most of them. Earl Grady is in the dog house! The gall of the man!!! But Chester Grady! Oh wow, he is one of those family members each
I actually liked this one a bit less than the first. I didn’t really feel any character growth in this one. They just seem like they’re at a standstill. The thoughts in their minds don’t match their actions or the words coming out of their mouths. It’s a bit frustrating to me. I want to shake both of them and say TALK ALREADY!! I feel like they take one step forward and then three steps back. They’re both still very emotionally stunted. The next book sounds like it might have some funny parts to ...more
Oh man...I thought I was a Zane girl but...I think I'm in the Ty camp now.

This one was definitely action packed with a few heart stopping moments. I loved Ty's family...well his dad pissed me off a time or two, but I felt sorry for him. Sometimes being a parent isn't all unicorns and rainbows and we make decisions we think are best for our kids and sometimes it's not. I think he felt he was doing right by his kids but at times, didn't know when to start being a "dad" and put your kids first inst
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

Me = Snoopy
All of GR (in response to me as Snoopy whilst listening to this hot mess = Charle Brown

I'm glad it's over is the nicest thing I have to say about this experience. If either of the next two narrators completely and totally fuck up an otherwise enjoyable experience for me it will not be pretty.

I remembered all the things I liked about this book while simultaneously bemoaning why the narrator sounded so completely and utterly disinterested and disaffected by this story.

How in the sam hel
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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If you're a fan of m/m romantic thrillers, then you can't beat the writing pair of Urban and Roux for incredible fiction, and in Sticks & Stones, the sequel to one of my favorite reads of 2009, Cut & Run, the irresistible and at times irascible FBI Special Agents Zane Garrett and Ty Grady are back with a vengeance. They're still toting around all sorts of personal and professional baggage and struggling with the aftereffects of a case that nearly killed them both, not to mention struggling with ...more
Sticks & Stones is goddamn epic. End of review.

Reread in March, 2020: And yes, I still love this book and think it's pretty goddamn epic. I liked it even better upon rereading because it brings Ty's personality into better focus and gives us such a good sense of his upbringing ... which explains a lot. Chester Grady is a great character!
5 stars.

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“Once you admit to yourself that you are or aren't something, then you can begin searching for the reason why," Deuce went on. "And once you've found that, you can begin to take steps toward making it better. So, tell yourself you're an asshole, stop being an asshole, your problem's solved," Deuce said in a pleased voice.” 158 likes
“You’re okay," Zane said quietly but clearly. "Just focus on me for a few minutes. What’s the first thing that comes to mind?" While talking, he was gently wiping away the blood. Ty blinked at him, opening his mouth as he thought the very first thing that came to mind when Zane prompted him. I love you. He snapped his mouth closed and stared at Zane, unable and unwilling to answer.” 120 likes
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